Hearing on framing of charges against 17 accused of Dadri lynching case has been deferred to April 26 due to strike of lawyers at the Surajpur court in Greater Noida on Friday.
On the night of September 28, 2015, a mob of locals attacked the house of Mohammad Ikhlaq, 55, a resident of Bisada village in Dadri area, some 40 kms from the national Capital, over allegations of slaughtering a cow and storing its meat for consumption.
Ikhlaq was lynched while his younger son Danish survived with a fractured skull in the incident.
Eighteen youths, including three juveniles, were arrested on charges of murder and assault. One of the accused had died due to ailment under judicial custody while all three juveniles were released on bail in last one year. Fourteen accused are still lodged in the jail waiting for trial.
Due to the subsequent strikes of lawyers demanding a bench of Allahabad High Court for Western UP, charges have not been framed against the accused, even two years after the incident.
"Proceedings of the court couldn't begin as the lawyers abstained from work demanding a bench of Allahabad High Court in a Western UP. The next date of hearing is on April 26. Argument on framing of charges are now scheduled on the next date," said Ramsharan Nagar, counsel of the accused persons.
The incident had triggered a massive outrage over intolerance across the country with many prominent personalities returning their awards to the government as a token of protest. Also, BJP candidate from Dadri, Tejpal Nagar, who won with a margin of 80,000 votes, extended his support to the families of the accused claiming that some of them are 'innocent' and were falsely implicated.